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Dublin with Elaine McMahon-Dossett

Dublin with Elaine McMahon-Dossett

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Why I became a practitioner

I always had an inner voice telling me that birth should be an instinctive process. People prepare their mind and body for sports and marathons - so why shouldn't we prepare our mind and body for the birth of our babies? So as soon as we became lucky enough to be pregnant, we signed up for the Natal Hypnotherapy workshops. The courses had such a positive effect on us, that 3 weeks before I was due to give birth, I signed up to be a NH practitioner. We felt so excited, confident and calm about the birth, and we felt that no matter where or how the birth happens, that natal hypnotherapy has enabled us to have a positive experience.

We had the most empowering experience. Any time my husband saw me lose focus or tense up, he was able to use the tools and techniques he'd learnt on the course to guide me back to my quiet, calm, relaxed place, where I could shut my mind off and let my body get on with what it knew what to do. Without this course, the book and CD's, I do not think my birth experience would have been the same. I think every woman should have the opportunity to have a positive experience, and I hope that by being a NH practitioner, that I can guide expecting couples on the right path to a birth they can look back on with love and positivity.

My core beliefs surrounding pregnancy and birth

Team work – having your husband/birthing partner involved and confident with the whole process.

Trust – trust your body can birth your baby no matter where you are.

Calm mum = calm baby – throughout your pregnancy and labour, a calm confident mum will help the baby feel at ease and relaxed.

My experience of working with pregnant women and my personal experience of Natal Hypnotherapy

As a natal hypnotherapy mum, I am able to speak from personal experience. I have tried and tested the workshops, books and CDs and am very passionate about sharing what I've learned, and look forward to equipping expectant couples with various tools and techniques they need to get a positive, relaxed birth. I'm excited to see birth partners feel confident about their role during the labour, and I can't wait to see the pregnant women eliminate their concerns and greatly reduce any worry or fear they may have.

Feedback from Natal Hypnotherapy classes

"This course should be on the NHS. All expectant parents can benefit."

"A must for all couples. A very bonding experience - empowering for both the mother and the father - better than any NCT or postnatal class I have ever attended. My little girl was born in 58 minutes! (from 3cm dilated to her being placed on my tummy). Her arrival was an amazing experience - I tell her she was born with love. I felt in control throughout the whole of my labour and much more knowledgeable about my body and what stage I was act. My little girl and I acted as a team - and it is something I will remember for the rest of my life.”

"As a worried expectant father, I learned so many ways to help my wife - as well as building my confidence to deal effectively with the medical team at the hospital”

"Fantastic course, so pleased we came, I would recommend it to everyone, it should be compulsory for all pregnant women, their partners and midwives. There was a wealth of information that was really useful especially the tools for birth. "
"It was very well structured and very informative to someone who was very sceptical at the beginning. The key parts for me were the breathing control and giving me the confidence to support my partner. The trainer was very good, very clear, was not judgmental and encouraged questions - the delivery of course was excellent."

"Thanks for a great 2 days. It was really useful for me to understand about the phases of birth and how to deal with the medical team and being given an important role in the whole process. I particularly enjoyed the hypnosis sessions and felt very comfortable asking any questions and talking about my fears"

"Understanding the physiology in plain English was great - it made me realize how natural it is and that relaxing is going to be far more beneficial than panicking"

My related qualifications & Associations

Diploma in NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) 2009

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